Frank Finlay

Frank received Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for his performance as William Shakespeare’s Iago in Stuart Burge’s 1965 film of Laurence Olivier’s staging of Othello. He also won the Best Actor Award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. He later essayed the definitive screen portrayal of Alexandre Dumas’ musketeer Porthos in three movies for director Richard Lester: The Three Musketeers (1974), The Four Musketeers (1975) and The Return of the Musketeers (1989). Frank’s many other films include The Longest Day; Tony Richardson’s The Lonliness of the Long Distance Runner; Martin Ritt’s The Molly Maguires; Bob Clark’s Murder by Decree; Alan Bridges’ The Return of the Soldier (for which he recieved a BAFTA Award nomination); Franco Zeffrelli’s Sparrow; and Eric Styles’ Dreaming of Joseph Lees; and most recently Roman Polanski’s multi-award winning The Pianist and Norma Jewison’s The Statement. His similarly extensive television projects have earned him two BAFTA Awards, for his performances in The Death of Adolf Hitler (starring as Hitler, with Rex Firkin directing); The Adventures of Don Quixote (as Sancho Panza, opposite Rex Harrison, for director Alvin Rakoff); the ground breaking Bouquet of Barbed Wire and Another Bouquet; 84 Charing Cross Road; and recently the critically acclaimed series The Sins. Born in Farnworth, Lancashire, Finlay had already begun performing on stage when he earned the Sir James Knott Scholarship at London’s ...

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A Christmas Carol (1984)

A bitter old miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clive Donner
CAST:  George C. Scott  •  Roger Rees  •  David Warner  •  Susannah York

A bitter old miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clive Donner
CAST:  George C. Scott  •  Roger Rees  •  David Warner  •  Susannah York

Arch of Triumph (1985)

Arch of Triumph is a 1985 British made-for-television film based on the novel Arch of Triumph by Erich Maria Remarque, which was previously adapted in 1948 for a film of the same name with Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer. Dr. Ravic (Anthony Hopkins) is an Austrian ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Waris Hussein
CAST:  Anthony Hopkins  •  Lesley-Anne Down  •  Donald Pleasence  •  Frank Finlay

Arch of Triumph is a 1985 British made-for-television film based on the novel Arch of Triumph by Erich Maria Remarque, which was previously adapted in 1948 for a film of the same name with Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer. Dr. Ravic (Anthony Hopkins) is an Austrian ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Waris Hussein
CAST:  Anthony Hopkins  •  Lesley-Anne Down  •  Donald Pleasence  •  Frank Finlay

Inspector Clouseau (1968)

Detective Inspector Jacques Clouseau is borrowed from the Surete on special assignment for Scotland Yard in hopes that a fresh outlook will help the government recover the loot from the Great Train Robbery, which is being used to underwrite a new crime wave. What ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bud Yorkin
CAST:  Alan Arkin  •  Frank Finlay  •  Delia Boccardo  •  Patrick Cargill

Detective Inspector Jacques Clouseau is borrowed from the Surete on special assignment for Scotland Yard in hopes that a fresh outlook will help the government recover the loot from the Great Train Robbery, which is being used to underwrite a new crime wave. What ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bud Yorkin
CAST:  Alan Arkin  •  Frank Finlay  •  Delia Boccardo  •  Patrick Cargill

Lifeforce (1985)

A space shuttle mission investigating Halley's Comet brings back a malevolent race of space vampires who transform most of London's population into zombies. The only survivor of the expedition and British authorities attempt to capture a mysterious but beautiful ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tobe Hooper
CAST:  Steve Railsback  •  Peter Firth  •  Frank Finlay  •  Mathilda May

A space shuttle mission investigating Halley's Comet brings back a malevolent race of space vampires who transform most of London's population into zombies. The only survivor of the expedition and British authorities attempt to capture a mysterious but beautiful ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tobe Hooper
CAST:  Steve Railsback  •  Peter Firth  •  Frank Finlay  •  Mathilda May

Othello (1965)

The 1965 version of the Shakespeare play.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart Burge
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Maggie Smith  •  Joyce Redman  •  Frank Finlay

The 1965 version of the Shakespeare play.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart Burge
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Maggie Smith  •  Joyce Redman  •  Frank Finlay

Shaft in Africa (1973)

Detective John Shaft travels incognito to Ethiopia, then France, to bust a human trafficking ring.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Guillermin
CAST:  Richard Roundtree  •  Frank Finlay  •  Vonetta McGee  •  Neda Arnerić

Detective John Shaft travels incognito to Ethiopia, then France, to bust a human trafficking ring.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Guillermin
CAST:  Richard Roundtree  •  Frank Finlay  •  Vonetta McGee  •  Neda Arnerić

The Deadly Bees (1966)

Trouble strikes when an exhausted pop singer, sent on a vacation to a farm, realizes that the farm's owner grows deadly bees.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Freddie Francis
CAST:  Suzanna Leigh  •  Frank Finlay  •  Guy Doleman  •  Catherine Finn

Trouble strikes when an exhausted pop singer, sent on a vacation to a farm, realizes that the farm's owner grows deadly bees.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Freddie Francis
CAST:  Suzanna Leigh  •  Frank Finlay  •  Guy Doleman  •  Catherine Finn

The Longest Day (1962)

The retelling of June 6, 1944, from the perspectives of the Germans, US, British, Canadians, and the Free French. Marshall Erwin Rommel, touring the defenses being established as part of the Reich's Atlantic Wall, notes to his officers that when the Allied invasion ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Annakin  •  Bernhard Wicki  •  Andrew Marton
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Henry Fonda  •  Sean Connery

The retelling of June 6, 1944, from the perspectives of the Germans, US, British, Canadians, and the Free French. Marshall Erwin Rommel, touring the defenses being established as part of the Reich's Atlantic Wall, notes to his officers that when the Allied invasion ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Annakin  •  Bernhard Wicki  •  Andrew Marton
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Henry Fonda  •  Sean Connery

The Molly Maguires (1970)

Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, 1876. A secret society of Irish coal miners, bond by a sacred oath, put pressure on the greedy and ruthless company they work for by sabotaging mining facilities in the hope of improving their working conditions and the lives of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Samantha Eggar  •  Richard Harris  •  Frank Finlay

Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, 1876. A secret society of Irish coal miners, bond by a sacred oath, put pressure on the greedy and ruthless company they work for by sabotaging mining facilities in the hope of improving their working conditions and the lives of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Samantha Eggar  •  Richard Harris  •  Frank Finlay

The Pianist (2002)

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The true story of pianist Władysław Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he stays behind, works ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roman Polanski
CAST:  Adrien Brody  •  Thomas Kretschmann  •  Frank Finlay  •  Maureen Lipman

The true story of pianist Władysław Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he stays behind, works ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roman Polanski
CAST:  Adrien Brody  •  Thomas Kretschmann  •  Frank Finlay  •  Maureen Lipman

The Wild Geese (1978)

A British multinational company seeks to overthrow a vicious dictator in central Africa. It hires a band of (largely aged) mercenaries in London and sends them in to save the virtuous but imprisoned opposition leader who is also critically ill and due for execution ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew V. McLaglen
CAST:  Richard Burton  •  Roger Moore  •  Richard Harris  •  Hardy Krüger

A British multinational company seeks to overthrow a vicious dictator in central Africa. It hires a band of (largely aged) mercenaries in London and sends them in to save the virtuous but imprisoned opposition leader who is also critically ill and due for execution ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew V. McLaglen
CAST:  Richard Burton  •  Roger Moore  •  Richard Harris  •  Hardy Krüger

Twisted Nerve (1968)

Martin Durnley (Hywel Bennett) is a troubled young man. With a mother who insists on treating him like a child, a stepfather who can't wait to see the back of him, and a brother with Down's Syndrome shut away in an institution, is it any wonder he retreats into an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Boulting
CAST:  Hayley Mills  •  Hywel Bennett  •  Billie Whitelaw  •  Frank Finlay

Martin Durnley (Hywel Bennett) is a troubled young man. With a mother who insists on treating him like a child, a stepfather who can't wait to see the back of him, and a brother with Down's Syndrome shut away in an institution, is it any wonder he retreats into an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Boulting
CAST:  Hayley Mills  •  Hywel Bennett  •  Billie Whitelaw  •  Frank Finlay

Murder by Decree (1979)

Sherlock Holmes is drawn into the case of Jack the Ripper who is killing prostitutes in London's East End. Assisted by Dr. Watson, and using information provided by a renowned psychic, Robert Lees, Holmes finds that the murders may have its roots in a Royal ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Clark
CAST:  Christopher Plummer  •  James Mason  •  David Hemmings  •  John Gielgud

Sherlock Holmes is drawn into the case of Jack the Ripper who is killing prostitutes in London's East End. Assisted by Dr. Watson, and using information provided by a renowned psychic, Robert Lees, Holmes finds that the murders may have its roots in a Royal ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Clark
CAST:  Christopher Plummer  •  James Mason  •  David Hemmings  •  John Gielgud

I'll Never Forget What's'isname (1967)

Advertising golden boy Andrew Quint is fed up with his fabulously successful life. In very dramatic fashion, he quits his job to return to writing for a small literary magazine. He wants to leave his former life behind, going as far as saying good-bye to his wife ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Winner
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Oliver Reed  •  Carol White  •  Harry Andrews

Advertising golden boy Andrew Quint is fed up with his fabulously successful life. In very dramatic fashion, he quits his job to return to writing for a small literary magazine. He wants to leave his former life behind, going as far as saying good-bye to his wife ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Winner
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Oliver Reed  •  Carol White  •  Harry Andrews

The Statement (2003)

The film is set in France in the 1990s, the French were defeated by the Germans early in World War II, an armistice was signed in 1940 which effectively split France into a German occupied part in the North and a semi-independent part in the south which became ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Jewison
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Tilda Swinton  •  Jeremy Northam  •  Alan Bates

The film is set in France in the 1990s, the French were defeated by the Germans early in World War II, an armistice was signed in 1940 which effectively split France into a German occupied part in the North and a semi-independent part in the south which became ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Jewison
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Tilda Swinton  •  Jeremy Northam  •  Alan Bates

Enigma (1983)

Five highly-trained KGB agents are sent to the west to assassinate several Soviet dissidents. In order to stop the diabolical plot, an American agent must infiltrate Soviet intelligence and obtain information from a Russian computer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeannot Szwarc
CAST:  Martin Sheen  •  Brigitte Fossey  •  Sam Neill  •  Derek Jacobi

Five highly-trained KGB agents are sent to the west to assassinate several Soviet dissidents. In order to stop the diabolical plot, an American agent must infiltrate Soviet intelligence and obtain information from a Russian computer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeannot Szwarc
CAST:  Martin Sheen  •  Brigitte Fossey  •  Sam Neill  •  Derek Jacobi

Gumshoe (1971)

A would be private eye gets mixed up in a smuggling case.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Albert Finney  •  Billie Whitelaw  •  Frank Finlay  •  Janice Rule

A would be private eye gets mixed up in a smuggling case.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Albert Finney  •  Billie Whitelaw  •  Frank Finlay  •  Janice Rule

Cromwell (1970)

Disgusted with the policies of King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell plans to take his family to the New World. But on the eve of their departure, Cromwell is drawn into the tangled web of religion and politics that will result in the English Civil War.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Hughes
CAST:  Richard Harris  •  Alec Guinness  •  Robert Morley  •  Dorothy Tutin

Disgusted with the policies of King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell plans to take his family to the New World. But on the eve of their departure, Cromwell is drawn into the tangled web of religion and politics that will result in the English Civil War.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Hughes
CAST:  Richard Harris  •  Alec Guinness  •  Robert Morley  •  Dorothy Tutin

Sitting Target (1972)

Imprisoned Harry Lomart is a vicious, brute of a man and yet he is prepared to do his long jail term as he is confident that on his release his beautiful wife Pat will be waiting for him, but a visit from Pat brings him his worst nightmare.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Hickox
CAST:  Oliver Reed  •  Jill St. John  •  Ian McShane  •  Edward Woodward

Imprisoned Harry Lomart is a vicious, brute of a man and yet he is prepared to do his long jail term as he is confident that on his release his beautiful wife Pat will be waiting for him, but a visit from Pat brings him his worst nightmare.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Hickox
CAST:  Oliver Reed  •  Jill St. John  •  Ian McShane  •  Edward Woodward

A Study in Terror (1965)

When Watson reads from the newspaper there have been two similar murders near Whitechapel in a few days, Sherlock Holmes' sharp deductive is immediately stimulated to start its merciless method of elimination after observation of every apparently meaningless detail ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Hill
CAST:  John Neville  •  Barbara Windsor  •  Donald Houston  •  Judi Dench

When Watson reads from the newspaper there have been two similar murders near Whitechapel in a few days, Sherlock Holmes' sharp deductive is immediately stimulated to start its merciless method of elimination after observation of every apparently meaningless detail ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Hill
CAST:  John Neville  •  Barbara Windsor  •  Donald Houston  •  Judi Dench
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